- From: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
- Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 09:14:46 -0600
- To: rosennej@qsm.co.il
- CC: bidi@unicode.org, www-math@w3.org

Hi Jony, Thanks for this bit of information. I am copying your message to the www-math@w3.org list, which is where the discussion of MathML in RTL languages is being archived. --Robert ------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Robert Miner RobertM@dessci.com W3C Math Interest Group Co-Chair 651-223-2883 Design Science, Inc. "How Science Communicates" www.dessci.com ------------------------------------------------------------------ -----Original Message----- Please note that in Hebrew math is normally written left to right. Jony > -----Original Message----- > From: bidi-bounce@unicode.org > [mailto:bidi-bounce@unicode.org] On Behalf Of Asmus Freytag > Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2004 9:53 PM > To: bidi@unicode.org > Cc: Robert Miner > Subject: [bidi] Re: math in arabic -- w3c mathml group > looking for contributions > > > All, > > I got this message recently that may be of interest to members of this > group. To follwo up, please contact Robert as needed. > > A./ > > > > >Hello All. > > > >One area where MathML is lacking is a specification of how it should > >be used in right-to-left languages, particularly Arabic. > > > >This issue came up during the work on MathML 2.0, and resulted in the > >addition of section 3.1.5. This section says that the Unicode > >bidirectional algorithm should be followed for the text within token > >elements, but that MathML 2.0 doesn't address the general question of > >right-to-left layout. The reason for that was simply that, the Math > >Working Group was unable to find enough examples and/or > experts in the > >time available to be confident an attempt to describe how MathML > >should work in right-to-left text would get it right. > > > >Since then, however, a several groups have looked at using MathML in > >Arabic, and a number more have expressed interest in being able to do > >so. Consequently, the current Math Interest Group believes the time > >is ripe to start a public discussion of the issue, with the goals of: > > > >1) Involving enough people from right-to-left language communities, > > particularly Arabic-speaking, to be able to make an authoritative > > statement about how math should be handled. > > > >2) Assuming 1 can be done, compiling an authoritative statement of > > the rules of right-to-left math typesetting, and specifically how > > MathML should be used for right-to-left mathematics. > > > >3) Assuming 1 and 2 can be accomplished, preparing a document with > > official status to disseminate the result of 1 and 2 > such as a W3C > > Note, or perhaps a new version of MathML at some point. > > > >To get things started, I invite anyone with expert knowledge of math > >in Arabic or other right-to-left languages to post a brief > >introductory message. Pointers to examples, articles, projects or > >other useful background information would be especially welcome. If > >you aren't yourself an expert, but know someone who is, please draw > >their attention to this discussion. > > > >Thanks, > > > >--Robert > > > >------------------------------------------------------------------ > >Dr. Robert Miner RobertM@dessci.com > >W3C Math Interest Group Co-Chair 651-223-2883 > >Design Science, Inc. "How Science Communicates" www.dessci.com > >------------------------------------------------------------------ > > > >

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